The Miami Heat were not able to do much in light of such a shortened offseason. Their only moves consisted of signing guard Mario Chalmers to a three-year, $12 million extension; signing James Jones to a three-year, $4.5 million deal; and bringing Shane Battier on board in a three-year, $9.4 million deal.
Not much could be done in such a short time, and there were not any viable centers in free agency to reach out to, so Miami made simple but striking moves to improve their roster.
However, this offseason will be a tad bit different. It may not replicate the monstrous ripple of the summer of 2010; the pièce de résistance of Miami’s franchise history. The Heat will never be able to top the recruiting effort.
Yet, it will force the issues of repeated championship appearances, assuming that Miami makes it to the NBA Finals this season. We can’t be too preemptive with our predictions of Miami’s success, as it sure as hell bit LeBron James in the butt.
Miami’s postseason failures thus far, with the Big 3 scowling over South Beach, will not stop Pat Riley from making moves to bring in a credible atmosphere to surround them. If anything, the strength of sprouting franchises like the Chicago Bulls and the OKC Thunder have only forced the issue for Miami to make strong moves for veteran players this summer. Ray Allen is only the surface.
There are plenty of free agents the Heat could go after who could alter Miami’s long-term standings in the regular season and, most importantly, in the playoffs.